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CBS still controls Thursday; 'Big Bang Theory' posts record ratings

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big-bang-theory-emanationImage Credit: Sonja Flemming/CBSThe balance of power has definitely shifted on Thursdays: For the first five weeks of the TV season, CBS has come out on top for the night in viewers (13.6 million) and adults 18-49 (3.3 rating/9 share). That’s a first since 2005 that the Eye has won five weeks in a row. The Big Bang Theory was Thursday’s No. 1 show in the key demographic (4.0/13) for the first time this year, and was up in viewers versus last week (12.9 million to 12.7 million). CSI (14.7 million) was the most-watched show of the night and actually attracted its largest audience since April 8, while $#*! My Dad Says won its timeslot among viewers (10.9 million) and adults 18-49 (3.1/9). At 10, The Mentalist was first in viewers (14.2 million) and second in adults (2.9/8).

Each 18-49 ratings point represents 1.3 million viewers.

Game 5 between the Phillies and the Giants helped Fox to rank No. 2 for the night among adults 18-49 (2.9/8) and viewers (9.3 million). Over on ABC, Grey’s Anatomy continued to rule the 9 p.m. timeslot in 18-49 (3.9/10) even though it represented its lowest-rated telecast so far this season. The drama averaged 10.7 million. Private Practice earned a 2.8/8 and averaged 7.8 million. The network finished the night in third place among adults 18-49 (2.6/7) and viewers (7.6 million).

Gee, its been tough for those (mostly) swell comedies on NBC (I still don’t get Outsourced). Community earned a 1.9/6 and 4.5 million, followed by 30 Rock (2.2/7, 5.2 million), The Office (3.4/9, 6.8 million), and that aforementioned head-scratcher of a new comedy (1.3/4, 4.9 million). The Apprentice earned a trifle 1.3/4 and averaged 3.8 million. NBC, as expected, finished the night in fourth place among 18-49 (2.1/6) and viewers (4.7 million).

On the CW, The Vampire Diaries ranked No. 1 at 8 with females 12-34; the drama averaged 3.6 million.